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After we left our children at school the other day, my friend Jeanette asked if I could come around to her car because she had some sewing stuff in the boot (trunk) for me.

It was 30 metres of grey corduroy!  Some of it has been cut, but most of it is still on this huge (and heavy!) roll.  She had started recovering her living room sofa but got frustrated along the way and decided to just buy a new sofa and be done with it.  I don’t blame her — that’s a very hard job.

It’s lovely fabric, very good quality but too thin for clothing — so what in the world can I do with it?  Our living room is mostly jade green, so grey corduroy won’t work for us.  I’d really like to use the fabric for some kind of charity/donation project.

I thought about making reusable grocery/shopping bags for the next school fair and decorating them with brightly coloured twin-needle machine embroidery — but that’s my only idea so far.  Even Nigel the Quilting Dog is drawing a blank on this problem!  😉

And my biggest dilemma of the day — do I have to count this fabric in my stash report?  Yes, I suppose to be really “legal”, I should count it.  And then when I sew it up, I’ll get to count it as a big finish.

I have been sewing a lot this weekend but haven’t finished anything yet.  I’ve been using two of my favourite vintage Singer machines — that’s Nancy, the 185K, on the left, and Gloria, the 404G, on the right (and the corduroy in the middle!).  😉

Here are my figures for the week:

Bought this week:  0
Received as a gift:  33 yards (30 metres)
Bought year-to-date:  16 yards
Used this week:  0
Used year-to-date:  24.5 yards
Used (net):  -24.5 yards

To see how others are getting along with their stashbusting this week, please visit Judy’s blog.

Happy Quilting!

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We had a lovely holiday with our family, lots of beautiful sunny weather and fun activities.  Since we were in the area, I went to The Quilt Room, which is a lovely quilt shop in Dorking, Surrey, and bought some fabrics to continue with my purple-orange-green UFO.  I had got to the point where I couldn’t proceed any further because I didn’t have any more of these colours in my stash.

This is the original project, which was on my Design Wall a few months ago.

I bought 4.5 metres of these fabrics, which is about 5 yards.  I also bought a fat quarter of another fabric, but I used that to make cushion ties for my father-in-law’s conservatory chairs.

So, my totals for the week are:

  • Bought this week:  5.25 yards
  • Bought year-to-date:  16 yards
  • Used this week:  .25 yards
  • Used year-to-date:  24.5 yards
  • Used (net):  8.5 yards

To see how others are getting along with their Stashbusting, please visit Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Quilting!

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This week, I made this pieced backing from 10.5-inch squares for one of the quilts I am currently working on.

The quilt is for someone who loves gardening, so I used an assortment of floral fabrics to represent a flower garden.

My totals for Week 13 are:

Bought this week:  0 yard
Bought year-to-date:  10.75 yards
Used this week:  5.5 yards
Used year-to-date:  24.25 yards
Used (net):  13.5 yards

Please visit Judy’s  blog to see how other quilters are progressing with their Stashbusting this week!

Happy Quilting!

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I have two new additions to my sewing machine collection this month.

This is “Emily,” a 66K treadle with the Lotus design, from 1917.  Her cabinet could use a little work, but the machine itself is in perfect working condition.  She is just sitting in the living room right now, but eventually I will find a place for her in my sewing room.  We thought we didn’t have room for another treadle, but…sometimes exceptions just have to be made.  🙂

Our other new baby is “Esmeralda.”  She is a 327K from about 1962, and she does forward and reverse stitching and zig zag.  She is the prettiest shade of sage green, although this photo looks a bit grey-ish.  She also has her own little green extension table.  I believe this model was marketed in the United States as a “Spartan” brand, but it’s got a Singer badge in the UK.

And finally, more sewing machines — but the kind that are much easier to find room for in the sewing room!  😉  I thought this fabric was so cute, I just had to buy a yard.

My Stash Report for this week is:

Bought this week:  1 yard
Bought year-to-date:  10.75 yards
Used this week:  0
Used year-to-date 18.75 yards
Used (net):  8 yards

To see how other quilters are doing with their Stash Reports, please visit Judy’s blog.

Happy Quilting!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums in the UK.  It’s our day today!  🙂

I’ve been sewing a lot this week, but no real quilting activity except to piece a few blocks on several different quilt tops.

My big sewing project this week was making an Egyptian mummy costume for my younger daughter, and I used 1.5 yards of muslin from my quilting stash for that.

Here are my totals for the year so far:

Bought this week: 0
Bought year-to-date:  9.75 yards
Used this week:  1.5 yards
Used year-to-date:  18.75 yards
Used (net):  9 yards

Happy Quilting!

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This week I finished the Turquoise Scraps top for my older daughter’s new birthday quilt.

It’s a lap quilt and measures 55 inches square.  The inspiration for this quilt came from several sources.

The basic block is the Stash Buster by Buttonberry, which I made half-size.  The free pattern for the original size block is here (Link Updated 30-8-11).

I wanted to use crisp and neat white sashings because I love the look of this 9-patch quilt by Crazy Mom Quilts.

I also like to use cornerstones because they work like registration marks to keep the rows nice and straight.  I learned this technique through making some of Judy Laquidara’s patterns, and the idea for this particular setting came from this photo at All People Quilt.

The backing is already finished, as well.   I used Mary Johnson’s instructions for piecing an Off Center 4-Patch Backing, and happily I had some compatible fabrics in my stash!  The only things I had to buy for this quilt were the batting and one light turquoise print for contrast.

Now I need to get to work quilting it.  It has to be ready for Thursday!  🙂

My Stash Report totals for the week are:

Bought this week: 0
Bought year-to-date:  9.75 yards
Used this week:  6.5 yards
Used year-to-date:  17.25 yards
Used (net):  7.50 yards

Happy Quilting!

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I didn’t make any positive progress on my pink and purple Flying Geese quilt at all this week.  But, if mistakes are educational, then I have learned a lot!  😉

First, I thought I had the perfect backing for the quilt — a beautiful shade of pink in 100% cotton.    Got it all basted and started the machine quilting.  However, it’s a bed sheet, and now I know why quilting on bed sheets is not such a good idea — the threads are so close together, it’s difficult to quilt through.  Even with a small needle (10 or 11), it still leaves a big hole in the fabric.

I was so unhappy with the results that I unpicked two hours’ worth of free motion quilting and undid the basting.

Then I found another length of regular quilting fabric in my stash that was a good match for the colours, but I didn’t have enough.  There were two others that I thought would make a good pieced backing using the instructions Mary Johnson wrote for HeartStrings, but I didn’t have enough of those, either.   Aaarrrggghhh!

Finally the light dawned on me to cut the quilting fabrics into 10.5 inch squares and piece them together patchwork fashion to make a backing by one of the methods used by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.  That will give a good variety of prints and use up even more stash.  I’ll probably start that tomorrow.

Haven’t finished any other projects to count in my totals this week, but I did start working on a UFO for Judy’s February Quiltathon and hope to finish that today.

Totals for Week 7 are:

  • Bought this week:  0
  • Bought year-to-date:  9.75 yards
  • Used this week:  0
  • Used year-to-date:  10.75
  • Used (net):  1 yard

To see how others are doing in their Stashbusting this week, please visit Judy Laquidara’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Quilting!

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